More broken plates …

As many dinner plates that get broken around this house, you’d think that it is some sort of crazy party frat house or plates get used for discus or target practice.

That is not the case. They just do not last. They break under normal use. I broke another one this morning.

i broke a plate and need bone china

New for the future

The plates I had were stoneware. I feel as if I will probably buy something a little more expensive and stronger because I am hard on plates and dinnerware. I have been looking at super elegant ones — ones that have a white top surface but black bottom. They also have a black ring around the top. They look really elegant.

The only thing I would do different this next time is buy replaceable dinner ware. The stuff I had was disposable. I could not find replacements for it after they started breaking which was a couple years after I bought them.

Bone china is less likely to break, according to what I have read. It will be my next purchase. There are a ton of good brands out there. I think I know which brand and set I am looking for but have not ordered it yet.

Writing again …

I have not written for awhile, so I thought this would be a fun writing exercise. I wanted to write a eulogy / obituary for the plate. Yes it is ridiculous. It is my attempt to write humorously. I have a dry sense of humor, so be forewarned if you read further …


After a courageous fight, the third black plate of the set broke on July 13, 2016, after having scrambled eggs and peanut butter toast washed off it.

About six months ago, the plate developed a hairline crack. Despite the damage, it was still used and continued strong until just recently.

The plate did well through the years. It was a favorite with family and guests; it was the only unchipped plate out of the set for the last two years and was sought after.

It worked hard, holding bi-weekly meatloaf and mashed potatoes servings. The stoneware had its fill of vegetables during the week. It often held peas and corn, along with cauliflower and broccoli.

Although the plate rarely had desert, it did get the yearly cookies placed on it for Santa when the significant other’s kid was over for Christmas.

It never complained when it was microwaved with leftovers, especially fish.

Due to circumstances beyond the plate’s control, it was dropped in the sink a couple times.

The plate was always air-dried and never put away wet.

The plate is survived by 1 chipped black plate and 2 grey plates; 2 black coffee mugs; 4 black bowls; 4 black salad plates; 1 grey soup bowl; 1 grey mug; and a host of other fine china packed away in the closet.

Predeceased by two black plates; 2 grey plates; 3 grey mugs; 3 grey soup bowls; 4 grey salad plates.

In lieu of flowers, donations to charity. No memorial service schedule. Plate was buried at the local trash heap.

Worthless college degree in liberal arts?

liberal arts degreeI have seen people say, “what liberal arts teach is the value of everything and the price of nothing.”

I never agreed with his assessment and still believe an undergraduate degree in the humanities is more important nowadays than before.

The de facto argument

The main argument for a liberal arts education is that it teaches intangible skills such as an appreciation for life-long learning, a broad knowledge base, critical thinking skills, communication skills, and research skills.

A degree in the humanities revolves around a diversity of study, which ranges from the fine arts such as drawing to the social sciences such as psychology and to the hard sciences such as chemistry and biology. The diversity of courses puts students in ever-changing learning environments, where the capacity to draw parallels between different disciplines and understand their relationships is required.

Although abstract, the core skills developed from an a degree in the arts and letters provides a foundation for many career paths and an adaptability that can’t be had, for instance, in a technical field, such as an electrician, where students learn a specific skill-set.

Although that specific skill-set from a technical position will prepare students for an exact job, what happens when that job becomes a bore? And it will.

The average number of jobs held by younger baby boomers — those from 18-44 years old — numbered 11, according to a September 2010 study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

‘But I’m not bored.’

In a down-turned economy, job boredom may not be an issue: Downsizing may be a problem, especially in the technical realm.

Rather than start an education with a technical career, completing a course of liberal study will provide the foundation to further education, and then success in a technical career or graduate school is more probable.

This is a common technique among law school applicants; notably, law schools want students who have the core foundational skills of a liberal arts degree. But this technique is common for librarians, too, who need a technical skill-set that is acquired while studying for a master’s in library science.

Although the two examples listed fit in the social science realm, the idea of gaining an undergrad degree in the arts, then going into a technical medical career is viable.

The medical sciences are always changing, which requires a life-long appreciation for learning and researching skills.

Dealing with people requires a broad base of knowledge and communication skills, along with managing diversity – from patients to families to co-workers to doctors.

Developing said skills in a liberal course of study will provide an upper hand when studying to become, for instance, a nurse. Sure, the technical information will be required, but dealing with people requires interpersonal skills, which can be trained and modeled from learning the humanities.

Back to high school?

High school, more often than not, doesn’t provide students with the required skills to succeed in a technical career or a course of study in the liberal arts right away.

Many high school students struggle with writing complete sentences, reading at a 12th grade level, or completing basic math problems – all of which are essential skills in the working world.

Before these students can enter a technical career or liberal arts degree, they will need remedial courses, which will correct some of the problem. But the students will only have the minimum educational requirements met and be a long way from their true potential.

Easy ways to study anatomy

anatomyAs an anatomy and physiology student, you need to learn a tome of information about the human body in short time. One of the most daunting portions of A&P is memorizing and diagramming all 206 bones in a human body.

After completing this task, I do have a few study techniques that will help you learn the bones of the body. I think these are the easy ways to study anatomy.

First, though, you’ll want to make use of your book and models in the laboratory. Most labs have a bag of bones that can be assembled into a human skeleton. The act of touching the bones, naming them, and putting the skeleton together will help you memorize names of bones in the body.

Skeleton anatomy

The skeleton is divided into two categories: the axial skeleton and the appendicular skeleton.

The axial skeleton consists of the core, including your skull, vertebrae, ribs. It forms the “axis” on which all the other bones attach.

Rather than memorizing all the bones of the appendicular skeleton, it easier to remember what the axial skeleton contains and know that everything else is appendicular.

Because the axial skeleton bones, especially the cranium, is harder to remember, we’ll focus attention on the appendicular bones, which will help with memorizing anatomy.

Visual cues for identification

For me, the easiest way to name the bones is by associating them with an event or word. A couple examples follow.

As a cyclist, I usually watch many bike races. I’ve witnessed many broken clavicles during crashes, which means a lot of people hold the location between the neck and shoulder because it hurts. That’s where the broken bone is.

Another example is the scapula — aka shoulder blade. It is shaped like an ice scrapper, which provides a visual cue. These visual cues help remember the names of the bones and their locations.

Position as a way to name bones in your body

Position is another helpful tool. The radius and ulna are very difficult to keep straight. But there’s two ways to do so with position.

Classified information

Bones are classified into long, short, flat and irregular bones.

As you’ll notice, the classifications are based on shape. But it is important to remember examples of each type:

Long bones: femur
Short bones: wrist and ankle
Flat bones: sternum, ribs, skull
Irregular bones: vertebrae and hip bones.

First, in the anatomical position, the ulna is always medial to the radius, which makes it easy to identify.

Second, the ulna is longer and has a notch positioned at one end; that notch makes it look like a monkey wrench.

You should be able to remember the hip bones by position, too. The illum is always above the ischium, which can be remember by the first two letters of each bone — “il” is always above/before “is” in the alphabet and on the bone.

Mnemonics for memory

The carpus (wrist) and tarsus (ankle) are a little tougher to memorize by visual cues or position. An easier technique involves a memory jogging phrase. First, though, let’s name off the wrist bones.

Starting proximally in the anatomical position, the carpal bones: Scaphoid, Lunate, Triquetrum, Pisiform, Trapezium, Trapezoid, Capitate, Hamate.

A better solution to remember that is to use this mnemonic: “Some Lovers Try Positions That They Can’t Handle.”

The same device can be applied to the tarsals.

Brute force to learn the anatomy of the skull

The bones of the skull are the hardest to memorize, but you can do it with a little tenacity.

I left the cranium until last because this is the most difficult, with 22 bones that need to be memorized.

The best way to do this is to use a 3D model. Learning the skull bones from a book is hard and you’ll need to see and touch the model to memorize it.

I hope the tips to learn the bones of the body provide you with an easy way to study anatomy.


vloggingYouTube is very popular nowadays and you may have seen video logs there, prompting you to ask, “what is vlogging?”

Vlogs, which are blogs in a video format usually part of a web series, have taken off like text blogs did a decade ago. The process of creating a vlog is vlogging.

A video blog is similar to a blog. Both can feature video, links, images, and other metadata, but the biggest difference revolves around video.

Video is the medium in which a vlog is done. This appeals to many viewers because they can sense the personality behind the voice, and the “reality” nature of a daily video log attracts many viewers.

One of the most popular vlog hosts is YouTube, and a very popular YouTuber at the moment is Casey Neistat.

What is vlogging used for?

Vlogs are personal and part performance.

Viewers want to watch your video blog because you have information on a topic they don’t, but they also want to be entertained in the process — otherwise they would go read a text article.

This means that standing in front of a camera and reading a script in a monotone voice will probably be a waste of time for a vlog. However, if you can entertain and inform, a vlog can provide a perfect supplement to accompany your business and its character.

Example: Illustrating what services you offer and showing how the process works can convince a potential client into a client. Also, the viewer will see you in their home on their computer screen, which may start to invoke a feeling of trust.

Vlogs can also be used for daily life — as a tool to record for posterity, inform people you may know across the country, provide opinions, or to monetize it.

For instance, the vlogger Charles Trippy has done daily blogs for three years. The vlogs have featured the mundane — taking the dogs to the park — to the life altering — getting married and having brain surgery.

Getting started vlogging

The main item you’ll need is a vlogging camera. Buying the best camera you can afford is a wise choice. Few people will want to watch a vlog that has a grainy picture or crummy sound.

Perfection’s overrated

Although vlogs don’t need to be cinematic video productions, the quality of the content is the most important in a vlog.

Remember, you are posting your vlog on a public site such as YouTube, which means posting a 20-minute vlog where you ramble on about nothing in particular probably isn’t a good idea.

Getting cozy with video editing software will be key, also, along with reading a few tips.

I hope the information in this article has answered your question about what is vlogging.